HAVING come off the back of the self-confessed best moment of his career, it’s been back to the mundane tasks of a prop forward for England’s Davy Wilson this week.
The tighthead returned to the club’s Farleigh House headquarters still on a high from playing his part in England’s stunning Test triumph over New Zealand at Twickenham last Saturday.
But if he needed a reminder of how quickly things change in professional sport, the 27-year-old got it as he bedded back into Bath’s push for honours.
Lineout calls, team planning and training ensured it was back to the grindstone for the former Newcastle man after the euphoria of taming the All Blacks.
“It was unreal,’’ said Wilson.
“I watched as a spectator for most of it, but you couldn’t really predict that.
“It was brilliant and give the boys great confidence. I was a bit disappointed to only get on for 10 minutes and we’d already won it by then, so I didn’t really make any difference, but it was awesome – probably the best moment of my career.’’
Replacing Richie McCaw and Dan Carter in his sights this weekend, will be the slightly less well-known faces of Italian side Calvisano, but that hasn’t reduced Wilson’s hunger to get into the thick of the action.
“I do like coming back home to the normal life, I enjoy that aspect of it,’’ said Wilson, who lives in Trowbridge.
“It’s not playing the All Blacks, but I’ve really enjoyed playing for Bath this season.
“When I’m with England, I’m fully focussed on them. With lineout calls and things like that, you forget them all because there are so many of them. You do go a bit rusty.
“Someone will say something and you’ll think ‘that wasn’t there six weeks ago’.
“Three or four things change every week so when you’ve been away for six weeks, a lot is different.
“But I’ve had a few good sessions this week so it will be good to get back.’’